Japan on Tuesday sent 40 military members from the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), to help out in the typhoon-hit Philippines. The military will help in the medical and transport sector, according to Tokyo officials, who said Japan will send more personnel if needed.
The SDF would be dispatched at the “earliest” possible time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said without giving other details.
The troops will focus on the city of Tacloban, four days after the most violent storm in the Philippines’ history ravaged entire communities.
The provincial capital was the first Philippine city to be liberated from Japan’s occupying forces by US troops in 1944 during World War II.
Around 660,000 people have host their homes, while more than 10,000 are feared dead, according to the international press.
Japan will also provide $10 million in grant aid for the evacuees’ emergency shelters and other help through aid organizations.
The Philippines has also received international emergency help from the United States, Australia and the United. About 90 US Marines and sailors based in Japan flew into Tacloban and brought communication and logistical equipment to support the Philippine armed forces in their relief operation.
The Australian government pledged Aus$10 million dollars (US$9.38 million), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop describing the unfolding tragedy as “absolutely devastating” and on a “massive scale”.
UNICEF has also sent 60 tones of aid including shelters and medicine. Deliveries of water purification and sanitation equipment will follow.